Sunday, February 28, 2010

Parenting Tip #28 The M&M Story

If you’ve been reading my blog for several weeks, you’ll realize that I have never said I was the perfect mother. In fact, my children taught me that it’s impossible to be a perfect mother. My sister-in-law loves to remind me of the M & M story on one of my far from perfect days.

Here’s the story. It had been ONE OF THOSE DAYS. My boys were driving me crazy. At ages 5, 3 and 2 they were destructive, rambunctious, noisy, argumentative, etc. etc. I had HAD IT! And there was NO CHOCOLATE in the house to help me cope with my bad situation. So what could I do? I got out the stroller, put the two younger boys in it, grabbed my older son and my purse and we went for a walk. There was a small mall just one block from my house, so I practically ran down the street with the stroller and my 5 year old trying to keep up with me. I marched into the first store I came to, bought a bag of M&Ms and went outside. Then I ate the whole bag of M&Ms in front of my boys and told them they didn’t deserve any.

Now my sister-in-law claims that this is the end of the story. That’s the way she remembers me telling it. But I like to think that I bought two bags of M&Ms and gave my sweet angelic children at least 2 or 3 from that bag before I ate them all too. I hope I did.


  1. This is a great story, thanks for sharing :)

  2. Mom,

    I vaugely remember the incident. The only clear memory is you chowing down on the M&M's and not letting us have any. I honestly don't remember if you ended up getting more and sharing with us or not. Don't worry, I have no emotional scars from this experience. And knowing how "trying" Ammon, Aaron and I could be I'm sure we deserved it. (Though I must say that Ammon and Aaron were always the instigators!)

    You were (and still are) a great Mom (and now grandma.)

    Love, Ben (the 5-year-old)

  3. I do the same thing when my cats are naughty! I'm glad I'm not the only one! We have sooooo much in common!

  4. BTW...I think you owe me a few bags of M&Ms (or something else yummy) for inspiring some to subscribe to your lovely blog and hear about all these great stories. :)

    And P.S.: I really think you are cool.

  5. Whenever I do anything like this (hardly ever--ya right), my husband kindly reminds me that I'm not my kids' older sister, I'm their mother--so act like it! Argh. (I'm the oldest of 7 kids.)




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